We’re in Love With the Coyo (at Shore Club)

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If you ever pass by Coyo Taco in Wynwood, there’s almost always a line. Because of the restaurant’s popularity, it was only a matter of time before a new location popped up. For their second outpost, the team behind Coyo chose Miami Beach’s Shore Club to house their operation.

With so many taco spots already on South Beach, Coyo has their work cut out for them. But after checking out the place for ourselves and trying out menu items old and new, we think Coyo will do just fine amidst the competition due to its damn good food.

For those unfamiliar with Coyo, the restaurant prides itself on a quality Mexican street food experience. You’ll find tacos and burritos with practically any filling, from slow roasted pork shoulder and quinoa to charred octopus and seared gulf shrimp. There are also an assortment of smaller bites (bocadillos) like street corn and chips.

At the newer Shore Club location, guests can find even more delectable items (which we’ll get into a little bit). Not only is the menu more expansive but so is the space; compared to its sister store, this one is considerably larger if you don’t count Wynwood’s backdoor tequila bar. And the space should look familiar to former Nobu regulars since it housed the Japanese restaurant before its move to Eden Roc.

Back to the food: Coyo regulars will be happy to see a lot of menu staples. The new location has many old favorites like the carnitas de pato tacos, with espy duck confit-style and serrano salsa. They’re so hearty and well-seasoned that they have a special place in our hearts. The same goes for the elote with its chipotle aioli that’s to die for as well as the frijoles refritos; there’s just something in the latter that makes it the food equivalent to crack. And of course, the chips: Heaps of guacamole and eight tasty salsas to choose from at the bar makes for a very happy Miami Food Pug.

But where Coyo really shines is its new offerings. One of the highlights at the new location is the langosta frita tacos featuring Modelo beer battered lobster, roasted jalapeno aioli and avocado. If you didn’t drool after reading that description, you are not human. Our foodie friends had raved about this taco and we can see why: lots of delicious lobster meat. There was also an atun yuca taco that caught our eye but we had to save room for the quesadilla.

We advise you to the same. The quesadilla is not to be missed, particularly the pollo al carbon one. The thing is a beast and oozes with the tastiest of Mexican cheeses, making for a devastating diet killer worth every single calorie. The desserts at Coyo don’t let up on the palate pleasure: churros con cajeta (Mexico’s version of dulce de leche) go together like peanut butter and jelly; they’re big, delicious and covered in cinnamon. The churros and cajeta are a perfect combo that’s surprisingly not overly sweet. Of everything we had, these made us feel the least guilty.

Overall, we’re in love with the Coyo. While we were casual visitors of the Wynwood outpost, we could see ourselves becoming regulars at the Shore Club location: the space is bigger (a plus on weekends), and the new offerings are awesome. Coyo is doing something right, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see more locations popping up soon. In the meantime, you can find us chowing down on some lobster tacos at the Shore Club.

Coyo Taco at Shore Club is located at 1901 Collins Ave. on Miami Beach. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-340-3333.